Which Way to Go
The 1967 Indycar season was one of surprises, as a turbine car dominated the 500 and turbocharging was
starting to become the newest rage. That meant engine choice became Brawner's top priority as the Hawk
MK II was still one of the best handling and sturdiest cars in the series.
However, Clint never liked to sit still. He converted the Hawk to a full monocoque chassis, still featuring the
normally aspirated Ford as the powerplant and designing it to be even smoother and slicker than the
previous version. The 1968 Hawk, sponsored by Overseas National Airways, was easily the most beautiful
Indy car Brawner ever rolled to a grid.
The 1968 season was one of frustration, though. The state-of-the-art in 1964 DOHC Ford was no longer
competitive with the turbo Offy's and after the Indy 500 Brawner also had four-wheel-drive, turbine powered
Lotus's to race against. By Indy the Ford behind Andretti had become turbocharged but after a DNF/last
place finish at the 500 and a big blow up at Langhorne – the first turbo Fords were notoriously unreliable --
the fiercely loyal Brawner had to switch to the sorted turbo Offenhauser. By the end of the season the Hawk
was back with Big Blue and still had a decent record, winning the twin races at St. Jovite and the Trenton 200
while qualifying on pole six times. The team won two dirt races too but lost the championship by 11 points.
Clint Brawner tired quickly of team ownership.